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In Planning: Coffee Table Aquarium

8 years 5 months ago #32179 by IndecisiveCichlidKeeper
Hmm i'll have to look into it, Atm I'm debating on using 2 300gph powerheads with filters, should be plenty of oxygen and filtration going on I hope considering it'll be about 130g fully filled so probably only about 120g of water actually with 600gph flow and atm i've seen them on sale for around 25$. I should be able to hide it in the corner of the tank because I am going to build a wooden structure around the tank as the base and go with some corner mouldings. I'll have to look into some of the gravel ones that were mentioned. The other option that I am playing around with in my head is to go with one of the powerheads and cut off a square in the center of the table and build up a fountain that can flow back into the tank for added effect to the table and added oxygen. I can then build a homemade filtration system around the fountains inlet system to allow it to flow through some media and filter. Might be tough to do this but I think it would be a pretty neat effect to add to the table.

I have emailed in for some quotes on the materials needed to some plastics companies and going to go do some footwork to search tommorrow in local stores for prices on the cell cast.


And I think some of the shelldwellers and other tangs would be ok with coasters and such being set on the table. The tank itself is going to be 24" tall plus a few inches where the top will be elevated over the water and most of them like to be close to the bottom 6-12" of water. I think it would be kind of neat to fill it with plenty of useable shells for them as well as some larger ocean ones just to add to the decor. I'm thinking of moving my pair of Brevis in the tank, adding a pair or trio of leleupi for color, and maybe another species to add some activity.

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8 years 5 months ago #32172 by MbunaRob
... as for filtration, would one of those buried in the gravel box type systems be a good candidate for this type of setup?

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8 years 5 months ago #32171 by MbunaRob

baldtaxguy wrote: Sounds like one of the projects that the Animal Planet "Tanked" boys would take on. Anyone see their pinball machine aquarium last Saturday? I want one of those.


Awww, spoiler alert. I still have that episode waiting on my tivo. :) I love that show. I think I'm in need of that multi-tank, in wall quarantine setup myself.

I like the coffee table idea. I was once looking at a clear table top setup with a n-gauge train layout inside. What type of fish would act most natural to having somebody placing coasters and drinks on their head?

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8 years 5 months ago #32163 by Kegger22

baldtaxguy wrote: Anyone see their pinball machine aquarium last Saturday? I want one of those.



Scott, I could see you right now down in your fishroom watching one of your beasts get a little rough with one of the ladies and you just smack him with a flipper to tell him to behave.....LOL

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8 years 5 months ago #32157 by madeto
YouTube
Here is link to one that explains everything in details, including lighting, filtration etc.




Hey Scott, how about about that car aquarium on "Tanked"

So I say to her……There is plenty of stuff at the house for the baby to eat!!!! I REALLY need this fish……

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8 years 5 months ago #32152 by IndecisiveCichlidKeeper
I've started putting plans to the creation of a Coffee Table Aquarium with the dimensions of 42x30x24 to do a nice shell dweller type aquascape and move some of my tang's. I have a fairly decent idea of what i'm going to do structure wise but was wondering a few things that maybe some of the more experienced people here might know good sources for.

1. Is there a source for acrylic panels that anyone would recommend? Price ranges vary quite a bit from place to place and wondering if maybe anyone else on here has attempted something similiar and been able to find a good source for quality and low priced acrylic.

2. Any recommendations on a filtration system that can be mostly hidden, My current solution are some of the bigger powerheads with the built in filters that I could mostly hide in the corner and have it hidden by some corner framework that i'll be using to cover up the panel seams.

3. Lighting Solutions. This is where atm I am struggling a little, The easiest would probably be some of the underwater LED setups but the bigger ones can be quite costly and probably going to cost almost as much as the rest of the tank materials are going to cost lol.

I appreciate any input some of you guys might have.

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